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comment Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?
@Dyndrilliac If beast-form ACs are calculated (and not set), and if Natural Armor is a bonus to AC (i.e. "Natural Armor: this bear gets +1 AC"), then this Tweet doesn't matter (as spelled out in the Caveat Emptor section of my answer above).
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comment Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?
@Dyndrilliac You're confusing "armor calculation" and "armor class." Abilities can add to AC without being part of the armor calculation... A magic item that grants +1 AC for example would stack with either animal-form AC or Unarmored Defense.
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comment Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?
@Dyndrilliac That doesn't really answer the question of whether Natural Armor is part of the armor calculation (like unarmored defense), or functions as a bonus like a shield. See the Caveat Emptor section.
May
19
comment Counterspelling a counterspell
DM-fiat and Word of God could apply, of course, but I grow weary of including that particular incantation in answers :-P
May
19
comment Counterspelling a counterspell
@doppelgreener Reactions in this system just kind of happen. Rules for not doing other things when you cast a spell only kick in on the longer spells, and even then the rules only tie up your action. You're free to use your movement, reaction, and bonus action for other things even while casting a 12-hour casting time spell.
May
14
comment Mechanical side effects of randomised Initiative in 5e
@SevenSidedDie This is a good system, as far as house rules go. But there is some fiddliness: you have to remember not to return the stone at the end of the round the action was readied, while still making sure to catch any pending readied actions up at the end of the next round.
May
8
comment How much of an issue is “Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards” in 2nd edition AD&D?
@GMJoe While that was well worth noting, it doesn't really answer the question one way or the other. "The system is fine, as long as the DM cherry-picks which spells the player gets" is pretty obviously a cop-out :)
May
7
comment How much of an issue is “Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards” in 2nd edition AD&D?
My impression was that the whole "linear fighters, quadratic wizards" thing in 3e was more about options than raw damage output or dudes killed per round. I.e. Wizards can fly, turn invisible, teleport, planeshift, and a host of other things that mundane characters can't really answer. How does that aspect of it fit into AD&D?
Apr
30
comment What furniture does a beholder have in its personal quarters?
Regarding hovering while sleeping... Here's an, uh, "official" source saying they do: youtube.com/watch?v=Ohj1ZIXiO44&t=54m28s
Apr
10
comment Can a cloak be used to hide someone's wings?
@Jean-LucNacifCoelho Not true, actually! Both birds and bats have an arm-like structure to their wings: Shoulder, elbow, wrist. Bats have very long, wide-spread "fingers," where birds have shorter ones. But birds make up for that difference with pinions. See this site for a comparison of the bone structure.
Mar
22
comment Where is D&D in the spectrum of RPGs?
@thedarkwanderer Love it or hate it, Fourth Edition Dungeons and Dragon is still Dungeons and Dragons. Especially back in 2011, when it was the reigning edition.
Mar
16
comment How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?
@Erik Not strictly true, actually! You only get one reroll, so your minimum damage is still 1. Your odds of killing your target in this situation do go up quite a bit, though.
Mar
13
comment How to handle plates and drinks on the game table?
Are you playing in a home, or a public space? How much (if any) control do you have over the environment?
Mar
3
comment Is an unchangable character bad roleplaying ettiquite?
@KRyan Not a duplicate per StrangeDupe, but a very useful related link.
Mar
2
comment Experience Awards For Role-Playing; Should I keep it?
What is the scale of this bonus in your system? How many sessions is 32.5 experience points the equivalent to? How well does the system handle characters with disparate XP totals? How much of an XP penalty would make you feel your character was disadvantaged? 10? 100? 1000?
Feb
26
comment Combining various AC-providing clothing and armor
@MooingDuck Yep, that's gone. The entire concept of named bonuses has been eliminated... The only stacking rules are that you can't stack a bonus from the same spell twice.
Feb
21
comment Adding Magi-Tech to 5E
That is not correct. 5e draws inspiration from a number of editions (particularly the earlier ones) but is ultimately its own system.
Feb
20
comment Adding Magi-Tech to 5E
Regarding your final paragraph: Editions of D&D are not cross-compatible. So you can pull ideas from Eberron, but the rules won't make the transition. That said, 3rd Edition Eberron is probably marginally closer mechanically than 4E Eberron (though still not really compatible).
Feb
3
comment Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?
Mm, I don't know that this really solves the issue. Sure it's a step in the right direction, and it works if they say "yes, PCs have perfect knowledge of squares." But it doesn't really help if they choose anything less than perfect meta-knowledge. Even if the PCs don't know squares, real people can communicate locations reasonably precisely, especially at close distances.
Feb
3
comment Should I let a character be build with foreknowledge of the adventure?
@Theik This is a published option for Dwarven characters, not a request for a house rule. See edits to the original question.